Wishing Winter Greetings...

artic wolfSoon the holidays will be behind us and it will be time to make plans for the New Year. This issue is filled with a variety of wintry designs to keep you busy until the spring thaw arrives! You can choose to tackle an intricate painting or a simple one, because we made sure that we included paintings for all skill levels. And, if you feel adventurous and want to try a new medium, give colored pencils a try—see the Arctic Wolf Plaque, pictured at right; it is truly stunning.

As promised, we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary with special features throughout most of 2012. Our Savvy Studio column highlights 20 Specialty Brushes. As painters know, one can never have too many brushes! Perhaps it’s too late to put them on your Christmas wish list, but there’s always Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day (and I’m sure you can come up with a few more “special occasions”). Also, be sure to check out 20 Painting Tips to Make Painting Easier by Gisele Pope and Nony Housh—this article is filled to the brim with valuable information.

Learn more about popular artist/columnist Patricia Reichenbach in this issue’s Painter’s Profile feature. I’ve known Patty for a number of years, and it’s true that people line up two and three deep waiting to paint a make-it-take-it with her at consumer painting shows—and they all walk away looking content with smiles on their faces. Thank you, Patty! If you have not yet tried one of Patty’s paintings, you must put that on your “to-do list.”

Get out your pad and pencil, and start making a list for the New Year. Let 2012 be filled with new adventures and wondrous creativity.

Happy New Year!
Linda R. Heller, Editor in Chief

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Take a Peek Inside this Issue

Projects
Season of Snow Journal
Season of Snow Journal
Cardinal Accent Pillow
Cardinal Accent Pillow
Golden Butterfly Angel
Golden Butterfly Angel
Arctic Wolf Plaque
Arctic Wolf Plaque
Trees of Winter
Trees of Winter
Countryside Barn Watercolor
Countryside Barn Watercolor
Twelve Days of Christmas  Charger Plate Series, Part 2
Twelve Days of Christmas
Charger Plate Series, Part 3
Old Abandoned
Old Abandoned
A Light Has Shone
A Light Has Shone
Winter Serenity
Winter Serenity
Snowman Plate
Snowman Plate
Winter by Candlelight
Winter by Candlelight
Wooly Winter Sale
Wooly Winter Sale
Chickadee Seed Bucket and Bird Feeder
Chickadee Seed Bucket and Bird Feeder
Little Berries Candleholder
Little Berries Candleholder
Snowman Plaque
Snowman Plaque
Valentine Swirls Heart Dish
Valentine Swirls Heart Dish
Valentine Bunny Peg Plaque
Valentine Bunny Peg Plaque




Features
Brushstroke Technique Guide: A Majestic Winter
Brushstroke Technique Guide
Art & Coffee
Art & Coffee
Create on Canvas
Create on Canvas
Painter’s Profile
Painter’s Profile
Vintage Style
Vintage Style
Book Bin
Book Bin
Prime Your Palette
Prime Your Palette
Second Time Around
Second Time Around
Seasonal Inspirations
Seasonal Inspirations
signs of the seasons
Signs of the Seasons
Painter’s Potpourri: The Power of Painting
Painter's Potpourri:
Funky Folk Art
Funky Folk Art
Savvy Studio
Savvy Studio

In this Issue
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February 2012

Projects

Season of Snow Journal Joan Dixon

Cardinal Accent Pillow Trudy Beard

Golden Butterfly Angel Peggy Harris

Arctic Wolf Plaque Lydia Steeves

Trees of Winter Diana Putnam

Countryside Barn Watercolor Kathi Sojka

Twelve Days of Christmas Charger Plate Series, Part 3 Chris Thornton-Deason

Old Abandoned Sue Beckerton

A Light Has Shone Barbara Franzreb Bunsey

Winter Serenity Lynne Deptula

Snowman Plate Bob Pennycook

Winter by Candlelight Lynne Andrews

Wooly Winter Sale Maxine Thomas

Chickadee Seed Bucket and Bird Feeder Linda Hollander

Little Berries Candleholder Terrye French and Deb Antonick

Snowman Plaque Chris Haughey

Valentine Swirls Heart Dish Robin Mani  

Valentine Bunny Peg Plaque Monika Brint

Features

Brushstroke Technique Guide: Vintage Violets
Debby Forshey-Choma

Art & Coffee—One-Hour Watercolors: Frosted Cedar Berries
Debra Henkene

Create on Canvas: Nature’s Solitude
Patricia Reichenbach

Painter’s Profile: Meet Patricia Zentz Reichenbach
Susan Mynyk

Vintage Style: Wooden Child’s Sled
Debbie Cotton

Book Bin: Creative Inspirations
Susan Mynyk

Prime Your Palette: Here’s to a “Colorful” New Year!
Kathi Hanson

Second Time Around: Antique Sled
Nancy Bateman

Seasonal Inspirations: Frosty Winter Morning
Kim Christmas

Signs of the Seasons: Cozy Winter Welcome Signs
Sue Allemand

Painter’s Potpourri: 20 Tips to Make Painting Easier!
Gisele Pope and Nony Housh

Funky Folk Art: Doorknob Secretary
Shara Reiner

Savvy Studio: Specialty Brushes
Kathi Hanson

Departments

Expressions
Coming Next!
Designer Directory
Product Palette

Online Patterns

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